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What can mediators do for a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Divorce

When going into a divorce, it makes sense to make things as straightforward and easy as possible.

One way of doing this is by avoiding litigation, i.e. taking the case to court. To facilitate this, consider opting for mediation instead.

Myths about mediators

Forbes offers some alternatives to litigation for divorce. This includes mediation, which can provide a big relief of financial burdens associated with litigation costs.

But to choose mediation with full confidence, it is important to understand how mediation works. More importantly, what does a mediator actually do?

Some people falsely believe that a mediator’s job is to try patching up the relationship between the couple. This is untrue. Rather, a mediator’s job is to guide both parties toward a reasonable resolution and compromise that each can agree upon.

The skills of a mediator

In order to reach this goal, mediators also have skills in conflict resolution. They will implement these skills to stop any arguments before they get out of hand and ensure that conversations stay civil.

They will also act as a sort of referee for the duration of the arrangement, ensuring that each party has their fair chance to speak their mind and that no one hogs too much of the speaking time.

On top of that, mediators hold high value because of their unique third-party perspective. They can offer insight and advice that neither party likely would have seen or thought of due to their positions within the arrangement.

Combined, these allow mediators to truly serve a divorcing couple well during this difficult time.

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